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Messier 82In celebration of the Hubble Space Telescope's 16th anniversary in space, NASA and the European Space Agency have released a handful of new images from the project.
This image, of Messier 82, is the sharpest wide-angle view ever obtained of the starburst galaxy. New stars are born in M82 10 times faster than they are inside in the Milky Way Galaxy, but this rapid rate of star formation will eventually be self-limiting. When star formation becomes too vigorous, it will destroy the material needed to make more stars.